High Performance Hot Hatch : The New 2015 Honda Civic Type R

There's no denying that many people have a soft spot for the Honda Civic Type R. It's a popular "hot hatch" that offers high performance, practicality and great looks. 2015 saw the unveiling of the latest generation model, and it will no doubt live up to the hype!

We all know there are various hot hatches you can buy these days. For example, there's the new Ford Focus RS that's due for release in 2016. And if you wanted a smaller hatchback, you can rely on the Vauxhall Corsa VXR.

But, if you are a fan of Japanese high-performance cars, the Honda Civic Type R is for you.

Engine performance

As you might expect, the engine that powers the new Honda Civic Type R is an i-VTEC unit. A single-scroll turbo got bolted to it, giving drivers access to 400Nm of torque at just 2500rpm. The engine's peak performance gets delivered around the 6500rpm mark.

Drivers of the previous CTRs will no doubt remember the need to drive their cars hard to get the best out of them. The good news is that isn't necessary on the latest incarnation. Yes, VTEC engines love to get driven at high RPMs. But, thanks to the addition of the turbocharger, you don't need to do so in the latest model.

As standard, the 2.0-litre turbo Civic Type R offers a whopping 305 brake horsepower! The engine's also mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Emissions are low for such a beast, at a mere 170g/km. That equates to cheaper car tax.

To get the best performance out of this model, it's recommended that you use Super Unleaded. Examples include Shell's V-Power Nitro or BP Ultimate. Just don't do anything silly like filling up with diesel, or you'll need to call out a wrong fuel recovery firm!

The new Honda Civic Type R pulls like a train. Except the difference is that it's faster to reach 60 mph from a standing start, of course! In fact, the 0-60mph time on this car is only 5.7 seconds. And we all know that means you approach supercar territory here!


When you have such a powerful engine under the bonnet, you need to have a decent suspension setup. I'm pleased to report that Honda haven't cut any corners in the handling department!

There is little body roll, even at high-speed cornering. The car also features a mechanical limited-slip differential as standard. If you chuck this car around corners, you'll find it hard to make it lose its grip on the road.


You get a lot of features as standard for your money when you buy a new Honda Civic Type R. For example; you get Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension and an LSD as standard.

Inside the car, you get treated to climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio. The sports seats keep you in place, and the alloy gear lever and pedals add a sporty feel to the interior.

Go out and take a new Honda Civic Type R for a test drive today!

Images source: Norbert Aepli, Switzerland / Wiki - Licensed for reuse under Creative Commons 4.0
High Performance Hot Hatch : The New 2015 Honda Civic Type R High Performance Hot Hatch : The New 2015 Honda Civic Type R Reviewed by Hayley Reeve on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Rating: 5

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